Pro Basketball League

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Pro Basketball League
Euromillions Basketball League logo.png
Founded1928
Folded2021
Replaced by BNXT League
Country Belgium
Confederation FIBA Europe
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s) Belgian Cup
Supercup Belgian Supercup
International cup(s) Champions League
Europe Cup
Last champions Filou Oostende (23rd title)
(2021–22)
Most championships Filou Oostende (23 titles)
PresidentMaarten Bostyn
Website euromillionsbasketball.be

The Pro Basketball League (PBL), [1] was the highest tier level professional basketball league in Belgium for clubs. In 2021, the league was succeeded by the Belgian-Dutch BNXT League. [2]

Contents

Through 2014, for sponsorship reasons, the league was previously known as the Ethias League, and from 2014 to 2016, it was known as the Scoore! League, also for sponsorship reasons. The league is organized by the Basketball League Belgium. The current president of the league is Maarten Bostyn. [3]

The most successful team in the league is Oostende, which holds the record for the most league titles won, with 22, and the now defunct team of Racing Mechelen is second, with 15.

History

On 15 March 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the season was prematurely cancelled. Based on the standings in the regular season, Filou Oostende was crowned national champions. [4]

Sponsorship names

Format and rules

The BLB is played by the international FIBA rules. Since 2014–15 the BLB season has a new format. In the regular season, all teams play each other first home and away. After that first round the league is divided in two groups based on standings; in the first group teams ranked 1–6 play and in the second 7–11. After the split each team plays all others in its group once home and once away. After that the Playoffs are played by eight teams. The quarterfinals consist of best-of-three series and the semi- and finals are played in a best-of-five format.

Licensing

Teams that play in the BLB all have to get a license to play in the league. There are three types of licenses: [6] [7]

Current clubs

ClubCityArenaCapacity
Antwerp Giants Antwerp Lotto Arena 5,218
Belfius Mons-Hainaut Mons Mons Arena 4,000
Filou Oostende Ostend Sleuyter Arena 5,000
Kangoeroes Mechelen Mechelen De Winketaai1,000
Leuven Bears Leuven Sportoase3,400
Limburg United Hasselt Alverberg-sporthal1,730
Okapi Aalst Aalst Okapi Forum2,800
Phoenix Brussels Brussels Complexe sportif de Neder-Over-Hembeek1,200
Spirou Charleroi Spiroudome 6,200
VOO Liège Liège Country Hall Ethias Liège 5,000

Finals

Since 2005, play-offs are played to decide which team is crowned the champion of each season. The finals series are played in a best-of-five format, with the team which had the higher seed in the regular season having home court advantage.

SeasonChampionsScoreRunners-up
2004–05
Bree
3–1
Spirou
2005–06
Oostende
3–1
Mons-Hainaut
2006–07
Oostende
3–2
Bree
2007–08
Spirou
3–0
Bree
2008–09
Spirou
3–0
Mons-Hainaut
2009–10
Spirou
3–1
Liège Basket
2010–11
Spirou
3–0
Okapi Aalstar
Oostende
3–2
Spirou
Oostende
3–0
Mons-Hainaut
Oostende
3–2
Okapi Aalstar
Oostende
3–1
Mons-Hainaut
Oostende
3–1
Okapi Aalstar
Oostende
3–1
Brussels
Oostende
3–0
Antwerp Giants
Oostende
3–1
Antwerp Giants
Oostende Cancelled Mons-Hainaut
Oostende
3–1
Mons-Hainaut
Oostende
3–1
Kangoeroes Mechelen

Performances by club (2005–present)

TeamChampionsRunners-upYears championsYears runners-up
Oostende
11
2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022
Spirou 422008, 2009, 2010, 20112005, 2012
Bree 1220052007, 2008
Mons-Hainaut 62006, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2020, 2021
Okapi Aalstar 32011, 2014, 2016
Antwerp Giants 2 2018, 2019
Liège 12010
Brussels 1 2017
Kangoeroes Mechelen 12022

Title holders

Performance by club

Key
+
Denotes a team that has been dissolved.
TitlesTeamSeasons
23
Oostende 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
15
Racing Mechelen +1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
10
Spirou 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
8
Antwerpse +1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1973
7
Royal IV +1939, 1942, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958
6
Semailles+1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951
4
Fresh Air 1937, 1938, 1978, 1979
4
Brussels A.C.+1928, 1930, 1931, 1933
3
Daring B.C.+1929, 1932, 1934
3
Standard Liège +1968, 1970, 1977
2
Lier +1971, 1972
2
Amicale Sportive+1935, 1936
1
Bree +2005
1
Antwerp Giants 2000
1
Hellas Gent +1955

Individual awards

Not all awards are official ones handed out by the league itself, but all are regarded and respected as BLB awards. As example the Belgian Player of the Year award is handed out by the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad , but the league itself reports the winner on its website.

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The 2021–22 BNXT League is the inaugural season of the BNXT League, the highest professional basketball league in Belgium and the Netherlands. It replaces the Dutch Basketball League and the Pro Basketball League.

The 2022–23 BNXT League is the second season of the BNXT League, the highest professional basketball league in Belgium and the Netherlands. ZZ Leiden is the defending champion.

References

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